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HU gives 4th-ranked Knights a run for their money

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Huntington women’s basketball team gave the 4th-ranked Knights of Marian University a run for their money Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena. Up by one, 72-71, with four minutes remaining, the Foresters let their lead slip away to fall to MU 84-74.

HU’s advantage came on the heels of Miranda Palmer and Miranda White each knocking down a pair of freebies to turn their three-point deficit into a one-point advantage by the four-minute mark.

Unfortunately last year’s national champions know a thing or two about winning and took advantage of Huntington’s four straight empty possessions to reclaim a six-point lead, the largest gap of the quarter up to that point, with 90 seconds remaining. It was free throws the rest of the way for the Knights as they extended their lead to ten by game’s end.

The double digit win wasn’t indicative of how close the game really was, especially the final 30 minutes where no more than three possessions separated the two teams except for one possession early in the third quarter and the final score.

The opening quarter, however, had all the makings of a blowout. Marian missed just three shots through the first seven minutes to race out in front 23-8. A defensive adjustment by the Foresters proved critical to HU getting back in the game as they limited their visitors to a single point the rest of the quarter to close the gap to seven, 24-17, by the first horn.

While the Knights enjoyed a lead the entire half, Coach Culler and crew took momentum into the locker room by scoring four points in the final two seconds.

Palmer cashed in on two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining and on the ensuing inbounds pass, Marian threw the ball out of bounds without anyone touching it to give HU the ball back underneath their own basket. Sarah Fryman scored on the block on the inbounds play to send her team into intermission down just two at 41-39.

However, Marian came out of halftime on fire to build an 11-point spread of 52-41 by the 7:27 mark of the third quarter but Allyson Trout went to work to score eight straight points in just over two minutes to get her team right back in it at 52-49. The game would remain close until the final minutes.

Palmer topped the Foresters with 16 points. Trout finished with 14. Hailey Krewald came off the bench to score 12 points while Maddie Richer added ten.

Paige Coolman pulled down a team-high seven rebounds to go along with seven points. Miranda White tied a career-best with eight points. Gina Eisenhut offered some valuable minutes off the bench to clog up the middle in HU’s zone in addition to grabbing three rebounds and tallying just as many points.

Jessica Almeida paced the Knights with 21 points on 7-for-10 shooting which included four long balls. Jenna Sullivan tossed in 15 points and recorded 11 boards for the double double. Dejah Cyrus and Kellie Kirkhoff finished with 12 and 11 points respectively.

With two games remaining, HU (13-14, 7-9) is sharing fifth place with three other teams while the Knights (25-3, 15-1) are sitting atop the conference standings.

HU plays in their last regular season home game on Wednesday when they host Taylor at 7:00 p.m.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.